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If Implementation Goes Wrong – Lessons Learnt, Lessons Shared

This session sets the stage for a conversation on the implementation of impact frameworks and strategies, here defined as a how impact is institutionalized as part of the organizational culture, structures and processes. The implementation theme focuses on strategies for optimizing impact in practice. This includes designing for impact up front and embedding impact strategy in organizations and across the research and innovation life cycle and what to do if implementation goes wrong, Lessons learnt – Lessons shared.

One could state that the implementation process is sometimes taken for granted even though it is a complex and a contextual praxis. Here is the chance to discuss the dynamics of implementation that also implies multiple agendas, issues with communication, coordination and cooperation, setbacks and redirections and finally, hopefully, a success – and a lot of learnings.

  • Learn more about Designing and implementing impact frameworks and strategies for greater adoption
  • Hear about building strategic alliances between stakeholders, co creation, integrating impact strategies and using frameworks as policy instruments
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses from implementation experiences and share lessons learned
Further Resource



Gert V. Balling

Dr. Gert Balling is Senior Impact Partner at the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark where he has worked since 2014. He is responsible for the implementation and continuous development of impact assessment in the Foundation as well as presentation of impact results to internal and external stakeholders. He is appointed member of NIHR Impact Board and Researchfish Steering Board. Gert was selected as school director for The International School of Research Impact Assessment in 2017 and is a member of the organizing committee behind the international ‘In the Trenches’ symposia.

Gert has a background in knowledge transfer and research evaluation on a national and international level and has on more occasions been appointed independent expert on EU Commission Expert Groups.


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Thomas Alslev Christensen

Head of Impact in the Foundation’s new impact assessment department and since 2018 Senior Vice President in the Foundation since March 2020.

International STI policy advisor and evaluation expert in international research programmes (Ireland, Germany, Norway, Singapore and the European Commission). Chairman of RegLab which is a national STI-network organization.

Thomas has earlier worked as Head of the Department for Innovation Policy at the Ministry for Science, Innovation and Higher Education 2005-2014 and was Head of Department for analyses on science and innovation 2013-2014, Head of Secretariat at the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation 2006-2014 and before that director in the Nordic Council of Ministers and The Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as in the Danish Prime Minister’s Office where he was an advisor to the prime minister in European economic and monetary integration and international economic affairs.


Chonnettia Jones

Chonnettia Jones has more than two decades of experience in science and health research, strategy and policy in government and philanthropic sectors in the US, UK/Europe and Canada.

As Vice President, Research at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, British Columbia’s health research funding agency, Chonnettia oversees the foundation’s research portfolio and strategic partnerships with provincial, national and international partners to maximize British Columbia’s investments in health research and address health and health system priorities for the benefit of the public and patients. She also sits on a number of international advisory boards on scientific publishing, open science and anti-racism in research.

Prior to joining the Michael Smith Foundation, Chonnettia held an executive leadership role at the Wellcome Trust in London, where she provided strategic leadership to maximize the impact of Wellcome’s funded research and strategic initiatives in global health research. While at Wellcome, she was also a founding partner of the Research on Research Institute, an international consortium driving a translational research agenda to make research systems more equitable, diverse and inclusive.

Initially trained as a scientist in developmental neurobiology in the US.

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Georg Schütte

Since January 2020, Dr. Georg Schütte has been Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation. Prior to this, he served as State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for ten years and, among others, led the negotiations between the Federal Government and the German Länder on the future financing of the German research system.

Before he entered government service, Georg Schütte was Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has worked in research and foundation management for more than 25 years. Georg Schütte holds a doctoral degree in media and communication research from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and a Masters Degree of the City University of New York, USA. He conducted research at Harvard University and at the University of Siegen. Dr. Schütte was born in Rheine, Germany, in 1962